Coca-Cola Co. has teamed up with a music magazine in the US to uncover fresh talent in the industry.

The soft drinks giant has joined forces with Paste, an independent US magazine, which can also be bought in selected countries across Europe. Under the agreement, tracks and podcasts from emerging artists chosen by Paste will be available to download for free from the www.coca-cola.com website.

Each month, visitors to the site will be able to download 40 new songs from up-and-coming, unsigned artists from around the world. The mp3 downloads will be free and work on any digital music player.

"Independent, lesser-known musicians will have an opportunity to be discovered beyond their usual country borders and visitors to the site will find a fantastic selection of fresh music and information about emerging bands," Coke said.

The deal, announced late last week, follows Coke's European deal with iTunes, which saw the company pair up with Apple to give away 70m songs.